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Shop rare books by Charles Dickens (1812–1870) with our selection of his first editions. Celebrated as the UK's pre-eminent 19th-century novelist, Dickens' unparalleled ability to craft worlds filled with memorable characters—ranging from the utterly despicable to the endearingly comic—has captivated readers for generations. His narratives, deeply rooted in the social injustices of the 19th century, draw from his own experiences of hardship and the fervent desire for social reform. The adversity Dickens faced, including his father's imprisonment for debt and his own childhood labour in a blacking factory, fuelled his literary creativity and prolific output.

Collecting first editions by Charles Dickens presents a unique challenge for enthusiasts. Specifically, his works, initially published in serialised parts, feature various unique characteristics and specific variations, known as issue points, the knowledge of which is essential for identifying each issue and edition. Additionally, these serialised editions often came with original advertisements, the arrangement and presence of which are crucial for collectors seeking the most authentic and complete versions of Dickens' publications.

The condition of first editions by Charles Dickens, particularly those in the original publisher’s cloth with the specific issue points, such as minor differences in cover designs, are of particular interest to collectors. Signed editions and association copies of key titles ascend to a rarity that commands significant value, reflecting the immense historical and cultural significance of Dickens' work.

Browse our selection of Charles Dickens' first editions for sale. One of our team visited the Charles Dickens Museum recently and uncovered fascinating insights into the author's life and work—discover their experience in the latest blog post.

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  • Oliver Twist;

    DICKENS, Charles.
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    'When Bentley decided to publish Oliver in book form before its completion in his periodical, Cruikshank had to complete the last few plates in ha...

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  • The Personal History of David Copperfield.

    DICKENS, Charles.
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    First edition in book form in variant binding.Dickens would write in his preface to the 1869 edition of David Copperfield, that: 'Of all my books,...

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  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

    DICKENS, Charles.
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    'the pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again'. 'Nicholas Nickleby originally appeared in twenty numbers, bound in nineteen monthly p...

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  • The Works of...

    DICKENS, Charles.
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    A superb set. A very pleasing set of the works of Charles Dickens, handsomely illustrated and uniformly bound in thirty very readable volumes.30 vo...

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  • Oliver Twist;

    [DICKENS, Charles].
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    First edition, first issue. The first edition, first issue of Charles Dicken's (1812-1870) second (and arguably his most famous) novel Oliver Twist...

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  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

    DICKENS, Charles.
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    'the pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again'. The first edition, first issue in book form of Dickens' The Life and Adventures of Ni...

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  • Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi.

    [DICKENS, Charles].
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    The first edition of the Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi, edited by Charles Dickens (under the pseudonym 'Boz') with introductory and concluding chapte...

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  • A Tale of Two Cities.

    DICKENS, Charles.
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    A first issue with p. 213 mispaginated as 113 and signature 'b' on 'List of Plates' leaf and 'affetcionately on p. 134, line 12With one of the mos...

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  • The Nonesuch Dickens.

    DICKENS, Charles.
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    With the original steel plate 'The Dying Clown' from Pickwick Papers, with letter of authenticity from the publisher. Text based upon the Charles ...

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  • Little Dorrit.

    DICKENS, Charles.
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    The first edition in book form after the usual parts issue. The plates are always foxed of toned to a greater or lesser degree. Those in the prese...

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  • Our Mutual Friend.

    DICKENS, Charles.
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    An attractive first edition of Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, one of his most enduring novels: 'Our Mutual Friend had a mixed reception (th...

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  • Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi.

    DICKENS, Charles.
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    From the library of Eric Quayle. The first issue Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi by Charles Dickens is identifiable via the appearance of the plate at p...

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